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Five things to watch: GB vs Sweden | British Ice Hockey
May 28, 2021
We’re at sport 5 of the World Championships and GB are already two factors higher off this time than they have been in Slovakia two years in the past.
Sweden are the opponents and the ‘Tre Kronor’ have fairly the pedigree in worldwide hockey. In spite of everything, you’re speaking a few workforce with 9 Olympic medals (two gold, three silver and 4 bronze), plus current success within the World Championships, successful the competitors as just lately as 2018.
However what ought to we be looking for as we speak from each groups in what might be an enormous sport for each nations?
1. One other centurion in Myers
After Jonathan Phillips picked up his one hundredth cap for Nice Britain within the sport in opposition to Denmark on Tuesday, right here comes Matthew Myers to achieve that vital milestone as he turns into the fourth participant to get there.
Solely Phillips, David Longstaff and Ashley Tait have gotten there earlier than him so if he can put in the identical stage of efficiency we noticed in opposition to Belarus on Wednesday, it might be a big day for him.
Properly completed, Matthew!
2. Liam Kirk – Hazard man
Liam Kirk’s popularity is unquestionably rising and with 4 targets on the board on this competitors thus far, the Swedes can have seen him within the construct as much as this sport.
The Arizona Coyotes draft has undoubtedly impressed at this stage and his aim tally places him on the high of the scoring charts, sharing that spot on the rostrum with 4 different gamers.
This can be an actual check of what Kirk can do on the world stage so GB followers will definitely hope he can preserve this sizzling streak going.
3. We don’t know what Sweden will flip up
Sweden are at the moment backside of Group A with just one win in 4 and have struggled to seek out their kind in Latvia.
After they smashed seven previous Switzerland on Tuesday, you began to suppose the Swedes had lastly arrived, however then Thursday’s sport with Czech Republic noticed them go 2-0 up after the primary interval, however lose the sport 4-2.
Co-coaches Keefe and Neilson might want to put together for each occurrences as a streaky Sweden want a win right here to assist their quarter remaining hopes.
4. A brisker GB?
GB might come into the sport a lot brisker than their opponents, not solely as a result of they’d the remainder day on Thursday and Sweden performed, however when it comes to minutes performed, Britain’s gamers have performed much less on common.
GB have solely three gamers who’ve crossed the 15-minute threshold on common of their 4 video games thus far – Brett Perlini, Mark Richardson and Ben O’Connor.
By comparability, Sweden have two gamers who’ve blitzed over a median of 20 minutes per sport and an additional 11 who’ve performed between 15 and 19 minutes. Might be one to look at.
5. Perlini’s time is coming
We completely love the job Brett Perlini has been doing for GB and it’s virtually legal that he has solely some extent to point out for his 4 appearances thus far.
Perlini is a continuing pest for defencemen and does nice work in and across the crease, so might this be a day the place he can bag himself a few targets and actually make his mark on this competitors? Let’s hope so.
GREAT BRITAIN vs SWEDEN FACES OFF AT 2.15pm ON FRIDAY